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“Excellent hotel but far from downtown Guangzhou city”

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Hao Yin Gloria Plaza Hotel
Ranked #44 of 3,408 Hotels in Guangzhou
Toronto, Canada
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“Excellent hotel but far from downtown Guangzhou city”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

A telephone call prior to booking ensured that the hotel had a free shuttle to the Canton Fair and a free shuttle ( Buick LaCrosse) to the airport.
The hotel is ideal if you are arriving by air but highly inconvenient and expensive - 200 RMB if you choose to come by rail from HK. Think of negotiating a night with tricky operators.
The lobby and the reception are modern and so are the suites.
I had chosen a Queen on promotion for about RMB 450/night when the city was closer to RMB 1000/night and RMB 1500 was normal.
They have a Chinese breakfast with touches for the western traveller. The room is small but well done and has chosen form over function so your suitcases stay in open sight.

The lighting is good and the workspace is cramped but overall you do manage.

The hotel did its best to trace my cellphone.
Would stay again.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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London, England
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Reviewed 13 March 2013

Location
Hotel is located 20 minutes drive from the airport, there is nothing in the immediate area although apparently a 20 minute walk will get you to McDonalds and cash machine but didn't see for myself. The hotel offers free transfers but please see my photo as to their bus schedule because it is infrequent with 1.5 hour gaps between each pick up. However they bring a car for me from the airport but dont offer this on the return leg, saying I must go by their bus at the specific times- however the times were not explained to me during check-in and so was quite late for my flight.
Room
The room was very nice and comfortable. It seems new and had a large picture of Downtown LA above the bed. There were 2 twin bed and was very comfortable - slept well. There is also good lighting options. Furniture was in good condition with two chairs a small table and desk wall quite modern conservative decor. The TV was quite large but offered only Chinese channels -none were in any other language. The connecting bathroom had the window into room view with electric blind. Shower was rain shower as well as separate attached, water was hot and good pressure. Amenities were all good and towels were large. Overall the room was spacious and fairly comfortable with good temperature controls.
Facilities
The hotel had a lot of money put in to it with marble floors everywhere and is very clean. There is a restaurant on the 2nd floor in which I used breakfast. Breakfast was disappointing, no cereals, limited fruit and pastries, basically all Chinese although there is an egg station. However I did order room service night before of Thai Seafood rice which was very tasty and reasonable at 38RMB, however it came on a tray with a dish drying cloth as a tray cover.
Other facilities is a large spa next to hotel which has a swimming pool, sauna, steam in which I visited for a massage but did not use the swimming pool area as not used to so many naked Chinese men walking about. However it is clean and well organised with staff to assit you every step of the way. However bring cash because card payments appeared to be too much hassle and had to walk back and forth to hotel to pay for massage.
Staff
Staff make alot of effort to please you from the front desk, bell boys to restaurant staff. However most don't speak English that well but at least try to please.
Overall seems like alot of money has been put into this hotel and as a result is very clean and new, they are due to build some shops around it I believe. It is reasonably priced but really more of a luxury Chinese hotel than at an international standard especially for dining.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

I booked this hotel which locates in Huadu District due to my friend's wedding held in Huadu District as well. And I wanted to catch my flight on time on my last day in Guangzhou.

To be honest, the hotel is very nice. Its main colors are black and white, very stylist.

The room is a deluxe one with a big bed in it. The bed is very soft. Black and white photos of New York City were hung in the room.

The air was very dry in the room, which was my first time to stay in a room as dry as this. Even though you turned off your air-conditioner, when you hung the wet clothes and towels in the wardrobe, 4 hours later, they were 80% dried. 6 hours later, they were totally dried.

On the 1st night, there was no cool water but only the hot one from the tap. The condition was better on the 2nd and 3rd night. However, hot water became warm, and the water for bathing was not hot at all. It was a freezing winter in 2012. I felt so cold when having a bath with such water. I was extremely tired, so I didn't call the house-keeping. I finished my bathing quickly and then went to bed.

The service is good. There are free and frequent shuttle buses to the airport.

But there is no wifi within the whole hotel. And the internet connection in the room is very slow too.

I think the biggest disvantage is its inconvenient location! You really have to think twice if you do not have a car. Although the hotel is located in the junction of Yingbin Avenue with Shangye Avenue, you could hardly take a taxi!

The staff were very willing to help me call a taxi, but none was willing to come. You really had to try your fortunes to see if any registered taxi was passing by to pick you up. Anyway I had stayed there for 3 nights but had not succeeded in calling a taxi in.

On the last night I needed to attend the wedding, and I dressed up, so I did not want to take a bus. But I still failed to take a taxi. In the end the staff drove me there in their business car, which cost me 50 RMB. Anyways, it was better expensive than none. Sigh...

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hao Yin Gloria Plaza Hotel
Address: No.135 Yingbin Avenue, Huadu District, Guangzhou 510800, China
Region: China > Guangdong > Guangzhou
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Business Centre with Internet Access
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Ranked #44 of 3,408 Hotels in Guangzhou
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hao Yin Gloria Plaza Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 186
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